Closed: National Youth Initiative Award


The National Youth Initiative Award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in skills development which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.

Eligibility Criteria

To nominate, an organisation must:

  • be an employer of Australian apprentices or trainees during the 2021 calendar year
  • have a formalised contract of training of apprenticeship or traineeship
  • address the following criteria in their application:
    1. Innovation in the delivery of training for apprentices and/or trainees
      • how you have demonstrated innovation in your approach to the design and delivery of training for apprentices and/or trainees
      • the training programs and initiatives you have implemented and how they have improved outcomes for apprentices and/or trainees
      • any processes or new approaches you have adopted for the delivery of the training
      • any unique elements of the training program(s)
    2. Links with training providers and the community
      • how you have partnered or collaborated with training providers and the broader community to deliver innovative training and skill outcomes
      • the partners included in the training of apprentices and/or trainees, including Registered Training Organisations
      • the extent of participation and the benefits of these partnerships
      • how the skills required within the local community have been met
      • how the training programs have been promoted externally.
    3. Apprentice and/or trainee outcomes
      • how your approach to training has impacted positively on individual apprentices and/or trainees
      • evidence of successful learning outcomes for apprentices and/or trainees (e.g. data relating to their progress, positive work outcomes and retention and completion rates)
      • if you have customised training or developed innovative use of recognition of prior learning and skills acquisition
      • if your individual apprentices and/or trainees have increased their foundation skill levels
      • any workplace mentoring in place and the resultant benefits.
    4. Business outcomes
      • how your approach to training has impacted positively on the organisation
      • evidence of successful learning
      • evidence that the training has produced measurable improvements in business outcomes (e.g. quality, productivity, profitability)
      • other benefits the training programs have delivered
      • the evaluations of the training programs in place and what their outcomes are
      • the overall impact that the training has on the business
      • the sustainability of the training programs
      • if the training programs are modelled in other areas of your business.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

What is the closing date for applications?

Applications open on Monday, 1 August 2022 and close at 11:59pm on Friday, 9 September 2022.  Applications will not be accepted after this date.

What happens after an application is submitted?

Applications will be assessed in line with the selection criteria and the applicant who best meets the selection criteria and who is approved by the AEN Nominations Committee will be awarded the National Youth Initiative Award. In some cases, this may involve an interview with the AEN Nominations Committee.

Once the applications have been assessed and the outcomes known, all applicants will be notified in writing within 3 weeks of the closing date.

What happens if you win the award?

The finalists and recipient of the GAN National Youth Initiative Award will be invited to attend the AEN/GAN Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 16th of February 2022 where the winner will formally be announced and presented with the award.